Program Chair(s)

Geza Banfai

Counsel, McMillan LLP

Annik Forristal

Partner, McMillan LLP

Jennifer Roberts

Counsel, Gibbs & Associates

Redesigned for 2020

Do you know your risks and how to manage them?

Design projects require a practical legal risk management mindset.

Design contracts are increasingly complex and the risk profile for design professionals is escalating. Design professionals are exposed to multiple, often substantial, risks in any given project including scope creep, vague terms, escalating responsibilities, delays, damages, negligence claims, insurance challenges, and other liabilities which can result in steep costs, onerous efforts, and significant reputational damage. It is imperative you have the skills you need to protect your projects, business, and your professional reputation.

Practical. Relevant. Developed exclusively for professionals working with design projects – and their advisors – this intensive and solutions-focused program will equip you with a repertoire of skills to better assess and mitigate legal risks. Delivered by some of Canada’s leading legal and industry experts, you will get practical risk management strategies and tools that you can put to immediate use on your next design project.

Registration includes 120-day unlimited, online access to the recorded program.

What You’ll learn

2 Modules / 2 Days

Choose to attend both program modules to gain a full suite of practical legal knowledge and risk management skills OR take one module to enhance your desired skillset.

Who Should Attend




Project managers

Contract administrators and professionals

Risk professionals

Construction lawyers and in-house counsel

Insurance professionals

Business/financial executives in design/construction


Sandra Astolfo

Partner, WeirFoulds LLP

Geza Banfai

Counsel, McMillan LLP

Eric Charleston

Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Annik Forristal

Partner, McMillan LLP

Mark Frederick

Partner, Miller Thomson LLP

John Gamble, CET, PEng

President & CEO, Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Canada (ACEC)

Allen Humphries

Practice Advisory Services, Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)

Kathleen Kurtin

President, Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)

Kathryn Lack

Assistant General Counsel, CRH Canada Group Inc.

Andrea Lee

Partner, Glaholt Bowles LLP

Janna Levitt, BA, BArch, OAA, FRAIC

Partner & Co-Founder, LGA Architectural Partners

Jason Lewis

Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Affairs & Risk Management Team, WSP Canada Inc.

Catherine MacInnis

Associate General Counsel, IBI Group

Bruce Palmer

President and CEO, PRODEMNITY Insurance Company

Jason Robbins, MAA, MRAIC, Intl Assoc AIA, RIBA, Member CITT,

President-Elect, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and Principal Architect, JC Robbins Architecture

Jennifer Roberts

Counsel, Gibbs & Associates

Allen Tanagho, PEng, PMP

Technical Director, Mosaic Transit Constructors

Lena Wang

Partner, Glaholt Bowles LLP

David Zurawel

Director, Government & Stakeholder Relations, Association of Consulting Engineering Companies Ontario (ACEC-ON)


 View the program brochure and agenda to see what you’ll learn from leading experts.


Attend one or both

Choose to attend both program modules to gain a full suite of practical legal knowledge and risk management skills OR take one module to enhance your desired skillset.

Module 1: Dec 4, 2020

Foundations in Contracts & Practical Risk Management for Design Professionals

Module 2: Dec 11, 2020

Advanced Strategies for Managing the Design Services Contract & Key Risks


Bundle price (2)


$895+ HST

Register for all required modules

“Is financial assistance or funding available?”

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CPD & Accreditation

OsgoodePD is an accredited provider with the LSO, the Law Society of BC and NY CLE Board. Select your location to view the eligible hours you may claim.

CPD Hours
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Structured Learning11 hrs
Structured Learning11hrs
Structured Learning11hrs

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